Evaluation of Want to Work

Want to Work is a programme aimed at engaging increased numbers of economically inactive individuals, particularly those who traditionally do not engage with mainstream employment support programmes, with the primary aim of supporting more people back to work. It operates in deprived wards across Wales and aims to identify and plug gaps in mainstream employment programmes, creating additional labour market support in community locations.

Want to Work has a significant emphasis on community outreach, and operates in partnership with other local organisations within the communities it serves. Want to Work operated as a pilot scheme between September 2004 and March 2008. The current project, which started in 2008, is due to finish in 2015. Want to Work is supported by the Welsh Government and Jobcentre Plus and is funded through a mix of Priority 2 Objective 1 of the European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence Programme in West Wales and the Valleys, Priority 1 of the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Programme in East Wales, and match funding.